A few decades ago , everybody in India feared the demise of our culture and heritage as the whole nation was getting "westernised".The youth specially had fallen into the traps of western culture and turned their attention to rap music, junk food and started believing in institutions which were earlier not a part of Indian culture.
But those days are gone now.Now is the time when these western nations are getting "Indianized".From dressing in saris and bindis to eating Indian food , the whole world is slowly turning into a mini India.
Some may cite the reason as immigration of Indians to every part of the world which has resulted in opening up of Indian food chains all over the world , or celebrating Indian festivals with much fervour. Or it maybe the rise of India as a global power which has made India stand in the centre at the world stage. But whatever the reason it has led to the world being Indianised.
But apart from the obvious reasons there are other reasons too as to why are we so popular. Our popularity stems from the fact that we are awesome, in whatever we do.I have mentioned some of our awesomeness which are as follows:
1.Indian food:-Eating Indian food is all about eating with satisfaction. If your hands do not get dirty in the process then you have not properly eaten "indian food". Its all about filling your stomach till the time its ready to burst open or till the time you fill your lungs with food.
2.Indian traditional clothes: We indians love to dress up. Any time, anywhere for any occasion we can dress up.No matter how much jeans and top we wear casually when its time to look pretty we turn to our Indian wear. Not only it makes us look pretty but acts as an air conditioner in the hot Indian weather.
This Indian wear is also gaining much praise abroad due to its popularity with Hollywood stars. Famous celebrities wear Indian clothes as that is the new "in thing",the new "Fashion".
3.Bollywood: To talk anything about Bollywood will be less.The amount of popularity it has gained in recent years is just tremendous. From alok nath's famous ashirwaad to the happy -go-lucky image of our movies.Everything has become so popular. Our own Indian superhero "krrish" has finally been able to compete with the likes of superman, batman and spiderman. The world is so getting Indianised.
4.Festivals: We indians are everywhere now in this planet.And though we are true to the respective nation in which we have settled but when its festival time, we are Indian by heart.I am pretty sure those people would specially call up their Indain cousins to know the exact day of the festival.Maybe thats a way for them to ,umm, reunite or feel Indian in PARDES.
5. Yoga: Our own traditional Indian exercise "yoga". Ramdev baba made it famous and now this exercise has gained so much popularity just not because of its good effects on health but due to its association with Hollywood. In "eat, pray love" to "27 dresses", hollywood is obsessed with Yoga. But they should be reminded that not everybody can pose that yoga look.Their ought to be a disclaimer.
6.Culture: We indians are known for our culture.We are thought to be like alok nath, always happy and cheerful. Though most of us are jolly by nature but we have a different side as well. Though we do value our relations but its not like we never get irritated. I know we are Indians but we are humans as well. We have emotions ,too.
To top it people think India is all about poverty and hungry people.Hello!! we are one of the leading economies of the world today.
7. Population: The most important reason for the world getting Indianised is our poulation .We are a nation of around a billion people.And everyday some thousands people migrate to some or the other city in the world so that our population density reduces, but alas, its of no use. Because each secong some three new Indians are also born. The point is, these migratory Indians who settle abroad tend to make India everywhere.
So the world is getting more Indian than we think and if we look properly then there is a bit of India everywhere.
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